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West Branch goes 0-2 on Day 2 of at PIAAs
Saturday, February 9, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
HERSHEY- When you reach the state tournament, every match counts as a decision here or there can make a closely-matched dual look lopsided in the final score.
After winning its first-round match on Thursday night due to three wins in toss-up matches, the victories in the hotly contested bouts stopped coming for the West Branch wrestling team on Friday at the Giant Center in Hershey.
The Warriors' dual meet season came to an end at the PIAA team tournament, as the District 6 champions lost a pair of matches that were closer than the scores indicate.
West Branch was dropped into the consolation bracket with a quarterfinal loss to Reynolds, while Central Columbia put an end to the Warriors' hopes of wrestling on the final day of the Class AA tournament with a 40-18 win.
"We didn't have our ‘A' game today," said West Branch head coach Jason Bainey. "We didn't wrestle well and we didn't win any toss-up matches today. We lost four or five in each one, and we didn't win any of them.
"The scores look bad, but if we win some of those matches it turns it around. We didn't wrestle our best today and it reflected in the outcome."
After trading victories through the first four weights, Central Columbia put the dual meet away by taking the next eight matches to seal the victory.
West Branch's J.P. Hayles ended his team's drought by decking the Bluejays' Jesse Shannon in 4:33.
The pair battled to a scoreless tie through two periods before Hayles was able to work Shannon to his back and record the fall before time expired.
Teammate Parker Bumbarger closed the match and the Warriors' tournament with a 9-7 win over Tyler Johnson at 138.
"J.P. just pinned a kid that was 30-1," Bainey said, "so he wrestled really well. He's there."
The back-and-forth match saw the teams trade pins at 145 and 152, and decisions at 160 and 170.
Central Columbia opened the scoring with a fall, but West Branch's Luke Slippey rebounded from a loss to the state's best 152-pounder earlier in the day.
Slippey opened up a 9-1 lead on Cameron Farr before getting his shoulders to the mat in 3:53.
Teammate Lucas Kristofits followed with an 8-4 decision at 170 to tie the match at 9-all.
The Bluejays' run began with a win in a toss-up bout at 182, as Jacob Coombe outlasted Vince McDowell, 8-6.
Matthew Hackenberg and Alex Shiber's decisions sandwiched an Eric McCracken fall to take Central Columbia's lead to 24-9 heading into the final six matches.
West Branch heavyweight Morgan Selepack pushed the 1-loss Shiber to the end before succumbing, 9-7.
Selepack opened the scoring with a second period reversal, but the Central Columbia 285-pounder answered with one of his own to break a 3-all tie in the third.
Shiber was awarded a point and took Selepack down late in the match before giving up a reversal that set the final.
"Morgan's loss was to a kid that only had one," Bainey said, "so he's pretty tough, too."
Dustin Deliman, one of Thursday's heroes, allowed an escape in the third to Trystan Johnson and lost 3-2 before Taylor Johnson pinned Wyatt Sankey at 113.
Albright fell by the same score as Deliman at 120 before Jake Brown was majored, 10-1, at 126 to put to score at 40-9 heading into the final two bouts.
"We had a good season," said Bainey. "We made it to the top 12 in the state again, we were district champions and ICC champions. They had a great season, but it starts all over again next week. What we did now is gone and we have to be ready for next week."
Reynolds 45, West Branch 19
The Warriors' state championship bid came to an end in the quarterfinals to the Raiders, a five-time finalist with three titles.
Reynolds' pedigree was on display after Bumbarger started the match with an 8-2 decision over Neal Engstrom.
Bumbarger took Engstrom down three times and recorded a third period reversal en route to the 6-point win.
Unfortunately, the Warriors were unable to generate any momentum and the Raiders took three straight matches before Kristofits stopped the bleeding at 170.
Selepack and Hayles were the only two other winners for the Warriors.
"It was just a fear factor setting in because when you think of wrestling, you think of Reynolds," Bainey said. "We're West Branch wrestling Reynolds, and I think that played a factor into it. We didn't win the coin toss either, and that led to them getting three matchups that they wanted."
Reynolds got a pair of falls, including one from Austin Matthews at 152, and a major decision before Kristofits handled Curtis Arnold, 11-2.
Kristofits garnered five takedowns and an escape, but couldn't get Arnold turned for any back points.
"(Reynolds' Austin Matthews) is the top 152-pounder in the state," said Bainey, "and we got pinned, but that can't happen no matter who you wrestle."
Reynolds opened up a 22-7 lead after consecutive decisions at 182 and 195 when Bainey elected to send out Buzzy Maines at 220.
Maines, who missed Thursday's first round win over South Fayette due to an injury, wasn't back to 100 percent and injury defaulted to Logan Rickert in 47 seconds.
"With Buzzy being hurt," Bainey said, "it brought our morale down a little bit. It took us out of our normal routine and rhythm. He's one of our guys that we expect to go out there and win every match."
Selepack had Gene Ringer on his back and got four nearfall points when the Raider heavyweight called for injury time. Ringer was unable to continue and defaulted in 49 seconds.
From there, Reynolds reasserted itself as the dominant squad, getting a decision at 103, a technical fall at 113 and a decision at 120.
West Branch's Kaleb Quick was pinned at 126 before Hayles ended the match with his second fall in as many bouts at the tournament.
Hayles cradled Dallas Sposito and got the pin in 2:47.
"Hopefully they bounce back," said Bainey, whose team ended the season 25-4. "They're a good group of kids and they've had a great season. Hopefully we can bounce back next week and get another District 6 title."
West Branch is back in action Friday in Altoona for the District 6 Class AA individual tournament.

Reynolds 45, West Branch 19
138-Parker Bumbarger, WB, dec. Neal Engstrom, R, 8-2. (0-3).
145-Levi Stoyer, R, pinned Clayton Green, WB, 1:24. (6-3).
152-Austin Matthews, R, pinned Luke Slippey, WB, 1:16. (12-3).
160-Mike Millero, R, maj. dec. Conor Myers, WB, 15-3. (16-3).
170-Lucas Kristofits, WB, maj. dec. Curtis Arnold, R, 11-2. (16-7).
182-Austin Moffett, R, dec. Vince McDowell, WB, 12-6. (19-7).
195-Jamar Henry, R, dec. Robbie Pearce, WB, 7-1. (22-7).
220-Logan Rickert, R, won by inj. def. over Buzzy Maines, WB, :47. (28-7).
285-Morgan Selepack, WB, won by inj. def. over Gene Ringer, R, :49. (28-13).
106-Seth Hogue, R, dec. Dustin Deliman, WB, 6-2. (31-13).
113-Mike Bartolo, R, tech fall Wyatt Sankey, 16-0, 4:11. (36-13).
120-Nick Nottingham, R, dec. Jake Brown, WB, 4-0. (39-13).
126-Mason McCollum, R, pinned Kaleb Quick, WB, 3:31. (45-13).
132-J.P. Hayles, WB, pinned Dallas Sposito, R, 2:47. (45-19).

Second Round Consolations
Central Columbia 40, West Branch 18
145-Aaron Johnson, CC, pinned Green, WB, 2:48. (6-0).
152-Slippey, WB, pinned Cameron Farr, CC, 3:53. (6-6).
160-Austin Miknich, CC, dec. Myers, WB, 8-2. (9-6).
170-Kristofits, WB, dec. Nicholas Fester, CC, 8-4. (9-9).
182-Jacob Coombe, CC, dec. McDowell, WB, 8-6. (12-9).
195-Matthew Hackenberg, CC, dec. Pearce, 7-1. (15-9).
220-Eric McCracken, CC, pinned Trey English, WB, :33. (21-9).
285-Alex Shiber, CC, dec. Selepack, WB, 9-7. (24-9).
106-Trystan Johnson, CC, dec. Deliman, WB, 3-2. (27-9).
113-Taylor Johnson, CC, pinned Sankey, WB, 2:50. (33-9).
120-Lewis Williams, CC, dec. Abe Albright, WB, 3-2. (36-9)
126-Steve Shannon, CC, maj. dec. Brown, WB, 10-1. (40-9).
132-Hayles, WB, pinned Jesse Shannon, CC, 4:33. (40-15).
138-Bumbarger, WB, dec. Tyler Johnson, CC, 9-7. (40-18).

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